Q: When is a green tea not green?
A: When it has been lovingly roasted at the end of its journey through the tea factory. Though technically still a green tea (as the oxidization process was halted early by steam in the first stage of finishing) these leaves produce a gorgeous amber liquid that is simply delicious. This tea can be re-steeped up to three times.
This Houjicha includes tea stems separated out during the Matcha making process, as well as full leaves. Toasty and full - bodied with a lightly sweet caramel finish. This tea is far more temperature tolerant than more delicate green teas - so don't worry too much about letting the water cool before steeping.
Traditional Preparation: Measure 1 tsp of loose tea and add to a tea filter or strainer. Steep in 8-12 oz freshly boiled water. Delicious on its own, or lightly sweetened.
Iced Honey Houjicha Tea Recipe: Steep 2 tsp of this tea (or 1 tea bag) in 6oz freshly boiled water for 5 minutes. Sweeten with a generous drizzle of honey (or other sweetener) while warm, and give it a stir. Strain into a glass over lots of ice, slowly. (The ice will partially dissolve) Delicious with a splash of milk or oat milk.
Ingredient: Organic roasted green tea
Type: Roasted, Autumn Harvest, Yabukita cultivar
Steeping Temperature: 205F
Steeping time: 3 mins
The Health Benefits of Green Tea:
Whether you like it hot or cold, green tea is one of the healthiest beverages that you can drink. Each leaf is brimming with three types of catechins: epigallocatechin, epicatechin-3-gallate, and EGCG – each with their own host of health benefits. When you steep these leaves in hot water these catechins are released, infusing it with antioxidants.
When harvested, green tea leaves are pan fired or steamed to prevent fermentation. It’s this steaming process that preserves the natural polyphenols in the leaf. But that’s not all, green tea contains brain boosting L-theanine, which is believed to help boost GABA (an amino acid that promotes a calm feeling in the brain), dopamine and serotonin levels. Studies have linked L-theanine consumption to increased mental focus, attention and reaction time. In addition, drinking tea has been associated with lowering the risk of degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimers and dementia.
Green Tea Has Been Linked To:
- Improved dental health, including reducing sensitivity, plaque build-up and bad breath
- An increase in bone density and protection against fractures
- Fighting off free radicals, disease and reducing overall cell damage
- Improved cardiovascular health, including helping to lower blood pressure
- Slowing down the natural aging process of the brain
- Increased focus and a better sleep
- Helping to maintain a healthy weight
Brewing Tip (Beware of Burnt Leaves):
Do you find green tea a bit too bitter? It may not be the tea, but instead, the way that you’re brewing it. Boiling water can burn these delicate leaves, killing off their natural sweetness, and leaving you with a pot full of bitter leaves.
For optimal flavour, add hot (not boiling water) to your green tea leaves. Japanese and Spring green teas are best brewed with slightly cooler temperatures (160-170 degrees F), while Chinese greens steep well around the 170-180 degree mark.